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A Short Chronology of Annette's Life
Catherine Annette Hanshaw was born at her parent's residence in Manhattan on October 18, 1901.
[Ed. While Annette sometimes gave her birth date as 1910, nephew Frank W. Hanshaw III confirms 1901 as the date on
Annette's birth certificate.] Click here for some nice early
Hanshaw ancestry links.
Annette Hanshaw whose career only lasted about 10 years was known as "The Personality Girl". Her short-lived recording career produced upwards to 250 sides. Annette was often confused for the voice of Betty Boop - singer Helen Kane. She was a chief rival of Ruth Etting in the late 1920's to mid-1930's era. This petite, shy, introverted girl chose retirement over fame. It is said that she was more comfortable in the recording studio amongst the musicians than public appearances. Unlike most performers of the day, Annette never toured or performed on stage after becoming famous.
During the 1970's Annette appeared on a Canadian Broadcast Company radio show called "The Entertainers" (not to be confused with Jack Cullen"s 1972 telephone interview above). Copies of the broadcast have made their way into collector's hands. The show features reminisces from famous Columbia recording producer John Hammond, well-known Jazz historian Brian Rust, and some others who know Annette during her heyday. Several of Annette's songs are played as well as Annette speaking of the various periods in her life. From the show these excerpts are taken to shed more light on Annette Hanshaw:
Three recordings Annette did not want played on the radio
Rich Conaty shares this anecdote with us:
Special thanks to Annette Hanshaw authority Preston Meeks for his help on this web site. Thanks to Annette's nephew Frank W. Hanshaw III for providing Hanshaw family history. And also extended thanks to Rich Conaty for his Annette Hanshaw reminisces on the Big Broadcast radio show heard each Sunday night on WFUV.
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